Black PR Wire
(BLACK PR WIRE) – The recent Olympic Games in London brought together thousands of athletes from 204 participating nations and territories. These athletes demonstrated determination, discipline and sportsmanship, and highlighted the racial and cultural diversity of our world.
In particular, the games highlighted numerous black athletes of various nationalities who stood out by winning bronze, silver and gold medals in a wide range of sporting events. Some were the first black athletes to ever win a medal in their fields. Notable among them was the U.S.’s Gabrielle Douglas, who brought home two gold medals in gymnastics, making her the first black gymnast in Olympic history to win the all-around gold medal.
In other sports, tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams both won gold medals, adding to their gold medals won in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. Then there was the U.S.’s Allyson Felix and Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, both sprinters, who each won three gold medals in the athletics competitions. “So many great accomplishments from exceptional black athletes have given this year’s Olympics a special significance like none before,” said Bernadette Morris, president and CEO of Black PR Wire.
Other black Olympic contestants who took home gold medals include:
• Nicola Adams – Boxing (United Kingdom)
• Kemar Bailey-Cole – Athletics (Jamaica)
• Keshia Baker – Athletics (U.S.)
• Yohan Blake – Athletics (Jamaica)
• Tirunesh Dibaba – Athletics (Ethiopia)
• Mo Farah – Athletics (United Kingdom)
• Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – Athletics (Jamaica)
• Carmelita Jeter – Athletics (U.S.)
• Cullen Jones – Swimming (U.S.)
• Bianca Knight – Athletics (U.S.)
• Tianna Madison – Athletics (U.S.)
• Francena McCorory – Athletics (U.S.)
• Sanya Richards-Ross – Athletics (U.S.)
• David Rudisha – Athletics (Kenya)
• Claressa Shields – Boxing (U.S.)
• DeeDee Trotter – Athletics (U.S.)
• Keshorn Walcott – Athletics (Trinidad and Tobago)
• Lauryn Williams – Athletics (U.S.)
We at Black PR Wire give special recognition to these and the many other black Olympic contestants who brought pride to their countries and to their respective athletic disciplines. Most importantly, they demonstrate how ordinary people can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals through consistent training and perseverance.